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I’ll never earn the money my dad does, it’s a simple fact of life. Some of us do better than others. We can be in the same class at school, and some go on to earn small fortunes, while others go on to earn more modest amounts.

My dad started out relatively poor, like most of us after leaving School/College/Uni/Home. But he quickly worked his way up, and by the time he was 35 – 40, he was able to negotiate an annual salary of £100k (Sorry Dad, I did see your CV).

But my dad was working for a major bank, working 16 – 20 hours a day when needed. He took on so much stress that my poor mum thought he was going to have a heart attack. Working on services we actually do need. Not an affordable luxury.

It’s all well and good helping those that need it most, and I would never expect someone to work for nothing. However, earning only £30k less than the Prime Minister is ridiculous. Especially as the PM doesn’t get any down time. Like my dad.

Donation is what it is. You give your things, cash, time to a cause you feel worthy, capitalizing on this generosity is hugely abhorrent, especially when the very people you are accepting donations from usually are only just scraping by.

There is an old saying in the UK that the North is much nicer than the South (people wise). We’re poorer, do all the manual work, and will help anyone in need, even if it means we’re going to suffer short term. We do this without grudge or bitterness, but for the simple fact we know we’ve helped someone out of a sticky spot, and that one day, someone will do the same for us.

Running any organization, charitable or not is hard work, I myself struggled running a hair salon with 10 staff. However, when all of your stock comes from donations, that is one thing you can cross off the list of worries, because you’re not buying stock in.

However, to have a flagship store literally a 2 minute walk from Primark, and then try to pass one of their collection as ‘vintage’ even though it’s in the window for 10 times the actual asking price (I kid you not, I saw an Atmosphere dress in Oxfam for £59.99, while the same dress in Primark which was in the window was £5.99) is disgraceful.

Oxfam is no longer a charity, helping those who need it most, it’s a business. A business that is making mega moolah. They essentially make the ultimate profit, because all of their stock is donated.

A battered Harry Potter book I once saw was priced at £30. A new one would cost less than half that. Vinyl sleeves (no record, just the sleeves) was £5. Either we’ve turned into a very rich nation, or Oxfam are deliberately cashing in, and when the Execs are taking home over £100k it looks like they need to bleed everyone for every penny.

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Sara O'Connell
A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.